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Compared to... Panasonic DMC-LX2

Below you will find a studio comparison between the Ricoh GX100 and the Panasonic DMC-LX2 at ISO 400.

Studio scene comparison ( @ ISO 400)

  • Ricoh GX100 : Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.3 EV compensation
  • Panasonic DMC-LX2: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV compensation
     
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Ricoh GX100
Panasonic DMC-LX2
ISO 400, 1/290 sec, F4.9
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4.9
3,598 KB JPEG
2,700 KB JPEG

At ISO 400 it's hard to suggest either camera is a clear 'winner' - we've discussed Panasonic's appalling chroma noise reduction at length in the past, but to be fair they have improved it slightly in more recent models to tone down the banding and bleeding of reds. By comparison the GX100 output looks noisier (and has actually lost more luminance detail to NR), but I'd still rather take the grainy look than the 'oops I spilt some water on my printout' Panasonic approach. Both cameras offer raw capture (allowing you to bypass the in-camera noise reduction), though LX2 users will get more of a benefit than GX100 users - and neither camera produces results at ISO 400 (or above) that you'd want to use for anything too important.

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